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Sam Huntington, RIP

Sam Huntington was the kind of old-style liberal realist one hopes has influence with the Obamanauts. His passing last week is occasion to revisit Robert Kaplan’s terrific synopsis of Huntington’s work that appeared several years ago in The Atlantic. RIP.

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It saddens me to hear that Huntington has died. One of the few sensible political scientists out there, it reminds me just how thin the ranks of sensible social science have become. This man will be missed.

This is good Huntington: "Critics say that America is a lie because its reality falls so far short of its ideals. They are wrong. America is not a lie; it is a disappointment. But it can be a disappointment only because it is also a hope."

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